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(CLOSED) Disney's CONTEMPORARY RESORT and BAY LAKE TOWER INFORMATION THREAD

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  1. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    Yes, all of the rooms at CR have been rehabbed and look just like that one.

    Duly noted:thumbsup2

    Yes, but I don't know how many there are, but I would imagine there are some that front Bay Lake. Kings are generally harder to book and/or request at many resorts.
     
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  3. Princess Katherine

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    I got that from EasyWDW.

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  4. Minnie&Nana

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    Geez, Kook, I've been out of the Disney loop for so long that I did not even know CR had a refurb! It is quite nice, but I miss the days when Disney rooms did not look like any hotel room wherever. Miss the nice mouse touches on the walls etc. As younger imagineer designers get onboard, it seems things are becoming more generic ....of course, I would still enjoy a stay at any of my favorite resorts: Poly, WL, CR..yep..any day of the week would work just fine for me. :teeth:

    Thanks for the a great job here, BWI/V and WL/VWL threads!
     
  5. princessap

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    Sooooo....I decided in the last hour to do split stay of 3 nights TPV CR (if discounted) and 4 nights at poly....just have to decide on which order to do what in. Am thinking cr first as we know we love the poly! Plus we will do MK day first and bbb before prk opening so walking there will be easy!

    Wish I was going soon though :(
     
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    That's a good idea about a separate account ;).

    Thanks :goodvibes.
     
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    Congrats on a split stay :thumbsup2. If it were me, I would do CR first. You already know you love the Poly, so if the CR is just ok, you have the Poly to look forward to. I was going to end our trip with the CR, but decided to do that first and then come back to the Poly before going home :goodvibes.
     
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    That's what I am thinking too. We know we love the poly plus it is cheaper too. We are leaning towards October now and so I am planning on no discount and hoping for room only!!

    We got some bad news about a friend of ours and my DH said lets go all out while the kids are young and prime for disney. In his words "book what you want". What a smart man. :rotfl2:
     
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    Yea I ended up saving another $120 switching to Poly..

    ASMU/POR Dec 16-22, 2012 & CR Sept 8-15, 2013
     
  10. Koh1977

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    So just how much further is it to get to MK from the Garden Wing? (Like as in the farthest part facing Bay Lake)
     
  11. WDWKOOK

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    Some rooms at the Poly may be less, but there are some differences:

    ~Separate Longhouses which means getting wet when it's raining.

    ~No walkway to the MK, but you can walk to TTC to get to Epcot.

    ~No guaranteed balcony or unobstructed view, like in the Tower. Longhouses are more like GW.

    ~No commanding views like you have in the Tower.

    ~No health club within the resort.

    ~No hot tubs.

    ~The CR pool area/beach has always felt less crowded to me than Poly's.

    I'm not trying to talk you out of the Poly or a split, just mentioning some differences:)

    From the furthest part of the GW compared with being in the Tower, maybe 2-3 minutes walking at a leisurely pace.
     
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    It can be an extra 5-10 mins depending on how young the little ones are who are walking. We have stayed in both the Wing (the old North wing was our favorite of the GW) and the Tower. The Tower has a certain energy to it, stepping outside your door and seeing the monorail glide by is almost magical...the GW is pretty and peaceful, especially with a view of the lake. We prefer the BLV side in the Tower as we're not fond of the parking lot view on the MK side. :thumbsup2
     
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    Thanks! all good points!

    Would you say the gw is like walking from one of the longhouses to the gch?
     
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    The pictures of the rooms are lovely. Did all the rooms get a soft goods remodel or just the club level ones?

    Headed there in 28 days!!!:goodvibes

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  15. Deb & Bill

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    No, it's less that that. You don't have to wait on an elevator at the Garden Wing because the stairs are easy to take. So it could be quicker than the tower.
     
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    We would need an elevator as we have the stroller still for our youngest. I am just wondering how far the garden wing is from the monorail. Is it the same distance as one of the long houses at poly to the great ceremonial house?
     
  17. Deb & Bill

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    You'd need to take an elevator or the escalator up to the monorail platform. It really isn't that far at all. I still say less than the distance from one of the long houses to the ceremonial house. Not much longer than walking from a tower room near the end of the hallway to the elevator. Unless you are at the very far end of the Garden Wing near the lake. We were about halfway down the hallway there.

    At the Polynesian, we were at Tahiti (but it was Moorea then) and we usually picked up the monorail at the TTC instead of the Ceremonial House.
     
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    Wow! The rehabbed rooms look great! Nicest rehab of the CR rooms I've seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing the photo! :thumbsup2
     
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    Historically, have AP discounts been applicable to BLT rooms (mainly asking in regards to 2 bedroom villas?)

    Also, the refurb. pictures are just for the CR, not BLT, right?

    We're in the process of solidifying our final decisions and I'm getting so excited, so please excuse all the questions ;)

    Thanks :) :)
     
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    I'm glad you answered this because we have similar needs and will be booking soon for 2014. Is this the only variance between dedicated and lockoff two bedrooms? I thought I recalled seeing something somewhere about the laundry room being different (not that that's a big deal ;) )
     
  21. Koh1977

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    I am thinking of requesting BLV in the Garden Wing...we were in Rapa Nui when we stayed at Poly...like 5 minutes literally to the TTC. LOVED it!!

    Although I would be requesting Tokelau this time around if we went with Poly instead of CR...perhaps about the same instance then as GW?
     
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